Fast and Furious 1985: Glenelg v North

January 24, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, PETER'S WRITING |

Once again, we bussed to charmless, imaginatively-named Football Park at West Lakes, to see Glenelg contest another Grand Final.  Having lost the first one there (1974) and subsequently losing the Grand Final in 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1982, we felt we were due.  North felt due too, having lost its last Grand Final in 1973 (see the Greatest Game of Football Ever Played). The side was: Peter Carey (C), Stephen Copping, Chris Duthy, Adam Garton, Ross Gibbs, Tony Hall, Wayne Henwood, David Kernahan, Stephen Kernahan, Robin Kidney (int.), Chris McDermott, Tony McGuinness, David Marshall, Peter Maynard, Michael Murphy, Scott Salisbury…

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Ultra-kitsch

January 24, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, MUSIC, Opera, Ulalume |

O tempora, o mores! Tosca’s taking up with fascists in the updated OA production (‘don’t cry for me, Mussolini, the truth is you can’t spoil Tosca…’).   Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in Paris last October, described by Jonathan Meades in the Spectator (Xmas 14) as “yet another of Frank Gehry’s exercises in outsize origami.”  Yet it would be hard to match, for sheer ugliness, the Centre Georges Pompidou. [Update note: The Times reports (September, 2017) that Richard Rogers, the man responsible for the Pompidou Centre, has criticized interventions by Prince Charles on additions to historic public buildings, calling the Prince “architecturally ignorant…[viewing…

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Black Swan

January 24, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Drama Film, THEATRE, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Dir. Darren Aronofsky) (2010) Natalie Portman is no Divine Zucchi as she samples various vices in an attempt to turn Odette into Odile.  A heroic attempt by all concerned to synthesize the struggle and sacrifice of art looks and even feels impressive but, alas, is artless, a cliché, and ludicrous.

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More Teacosy News!

January 23, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, Beading, CRAFT, Crochet |

Hello all! Yesterday I posted a pic of some of the elements of the next teapot cosy which I was planning – but I have changed my mind.  Instead of another brightly coloured one, I am going with these sorts of colours – a kind of faded-rose, Victorian look.  Stay tuned to see how it works out!  Any ideas?  

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Don Giovanni

January 22, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | MUSIC, Opera, THEATRE, Ulalume |

Image courtesy of Barcex

English National Opera, London Coliseum (Autumn 2004) Oh Dear: what have we here?  Don Giovanni is driven on stage in a clapped-out Ford Consul (or something – not good on cars, TVC will use Pam Ayres’ phrase) and out spills Donna Anna and Don Giovanni, covering up their junk.  And downhill from there.  This Calixto Bieto production was touted as “Mozart meets Reservoir Dogs” .  It was more a case of ‘Salieri meets The Panic in Needle Park meets Cruising’.  David Parry conducted.  Eventually, some of the good bits floated back into our cerebral cortex, helped by wine chugged at…

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